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January 13, 2005

On a clear day, you can see forever

On a foggy day, not so far, really.

Last time I went out to Williamsburg, I saw a big domed church in the distance from where I was (intersection of Union and Grand, looking towards Manhattan). Today I went back out, determined to have a look at that church. With all the fog, I couldn't actually see it from Union and Grand! I took a stab at figuring out where it had been, and set off walking towards the Williamsburg Bridge. On the way, I saw *adorable grafitti*.


This grafitti went all the way around the pole. Being a geek, I was *extremely impressed* -- I thought to myself, "Man, it would be hard to figure out how big to make the letters so that it would work out right, going all the way around the pole."

Sigh. I have such high expectations of my fellow humans. Here's what I saw when I walked back the other direction:


I walked under the BQE and towards Manhattan, and I busted up laughing when I realized that the "big domed church" I had seen from Union Street was actually -- are you ready? -- the HSBC in Chinatown, just across the Williamsburg Bridge.


On the bright side, there was an actual big domed church on the near side of the bridge:


But that's not what I had seen all the way from Grand Street.

On the double plus good bright side, now I know that Williamsburg and Chinatown are, like, right next door to each other! Who knew? Why do people keep these secrets from me?

Real live knitting content to follow, soon -- I've got to take pictures of the super awesome yarn that Mary and I dyed last weekend. In other knitting news, I've done both sleeves and the whole back of my Ribby Cardigan, and am halfway up the left front. W00t!

Posted by Rose at January 13, 2005 12:44 PM


What is HSBC?
I'm glad other people use cameras. A lot.

Posted by: Dana at January 14, 2005 01:20 AM

There is a beautiful domed church next to McCarren Park in Williamsburg. If you walk to the end of People Avenue (you know the one I mean), take a right at or after the corner where the wonderful Fix Cafe is located. You will see it on Driggs Ave, right across from McCarren park.

Posted by: tracy rolling at January 21, 2005 10:58 AM

yes, i've seen the "i love you" tags and i too am impressed. I saw it i think on St. Marks and Avenue A. i wish all graffitti made me so happy

Posted by: Adriane at January 26, 2005 07:29 PM

Hailing from Philadelphia, and visiting NY on a fairly regular basis, I've got to say, you guys have definately got better graffiti. It can be extremely beautiful when people put some effort and creativity into it...which all the tag artists down here seem to lack.

Posted by: Kitten at February 2, 2005 09:12 PM